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Loyola coach Charley Toomey makes good call keeping Pat McEnerney in goal

Loyola goalie Pat McEnerney fails to stop this shot from Virginia midfielder Greg Coholan in last week's opener.
Loyola goalie Pat McEnerney fails to stop this shot from Virginia midfielder Greg Coholan in last week's opener. (Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun)

Loyola Maryland men's lacrosse coach Charley Toomey is making a good move by starting senior goalie Pat McEnerney for the second straight week Saturday against Penn State.

There was speculation that Toomey might insert freshman Grant Limone as the starter, but Toomey decided not to move in that direction.

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McEnerney was solid in the Greyhounds' season-opening loss to Virginia last week. He finished with nine saves, including three that were spectacular, but Toomey is looking more for consistency than moments of brilliance. Toomey said he spoke with both goalies earlier in the week before deciding to go with McEnerney.

To put McEnerney on the bench after one game could have been a devastating gamble. After all, it's too early in the season to have him lose his confidence, and you really never know if you're going to use him again. Plus, it's always risky starting a freshman because you really don't know how a player will respond in his first collegiate game.

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Toomey played it smart. He'll start McEnerney but has told Limone to be ready. In an ideal world, it would be great to see the senior keep the job, because he waited for years behind former starter Jack Runkel.

But this is reality, and McEnerney has to earn the job. In this situation, he is at least being given the opportunity, and that's all a player can ask from a coach.

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